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How Gut Bacteria May Be Linked to Lupus

Healthline. (2019). How Gut Bacteria May Be Linked to Lupus. [online] Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/gut-bacteria-linked-to-lupus [Accessed 17 Nov. 2020].

Abstract: Bacteria and other microorganisms living in your gut, known as the microbiome, play a big role in keeping you healthy. They help you digest food, provide essential vitamins and other nutrients, and help control your immune system. But when the intestinal communities are out of balance, they may contribute to health problems, including autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. A new study in women now suggests that systemic lupus erythematosus, also known as lupus or SLE, is linked to the overgrowth of certain bacteria in the intestines.